BYRON PEOPLE FOR PEACE & JUSTICE
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Israeli military oppression reaches it’s zenith in the Palestinian village of Bi’lin with arbitrary arrests for peaceful protest, incarceration with no fixed release date, torture, abuse of children, loss of homes, orchards & olive groves to Israeli bulldozers and, of course, the massive Apartheid Wall which fractures the village. Simple journeys to school, relatives or shops now take hours thanks to ubiquitous military check-points and the Wall itself. Delays to medical services have caused deaths.
Gareth Smith, Byron People for Peace & Justice and Gaza Freedom March participant, plans to enter the Brunswick Heads Fun Sandcastle Competition by constructing a sand mock-up of Bi’lin complete with Wall & possibly a Tonka Caterpillar bulldozer ramming it’s way through a sand house!
“Most Australians are unaware of what is happening throughout Occupied Palestine”, said Gareth. “A year ago, Coordinator of the Bil’in Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements, Abdullah Abu Rahmah, was dragged at night from his family by the Israeli military who smashed their apartment. He was convicted of ‘organizing illegal demonstrations’ and ‘incitement’ against the Wall, despite the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruling that Israel’s wall is illegal and must be dismantled. Even the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the Wall’s route in Bil’in is illegal. Abdullah is still locked up, so I want to take this opportunity of peacefully bringing the fate of Bi’lin and Abdullah to the attention of the Byron community and to generate support for the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions movement against Israel”.
Venue: Brunswick Heads between the South Wall and the Surf Club
Time: From 1430
Contacts: Gareth Smith 0422298165
Maxine Caron 0432394871